The first NCAA Football Playoff Top-25 came out on Tuesday, but between now and when the CFP actually kicks off, we’re going to see plenty of great games that could completely change the landscape.
Georgia gets Tennessee this week, and Kentucky will be tough. Ohio State and Michigan still loom on Thanksgiving weekend. And even though they are trailing in the standings, you can never count out Nick Saban and Alabama.
No. 2 Tennessee at No. 1 Georgia (O 65.5)
The game of the week, the game of the year, as the Tennessee Volunteers are back, now tied for the second ranking in the nation as they go to Georgia to face the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs.
The Tennessee resume is more impressive than Georgia’s, with wins over Alabama and LSU. The Bulldogs beat Oregon back in NCAA Week 1, but so much has happened since that Saturday, and there has been so much great offense from both of these NCAA teams.
It’s a tough call on Georgia as 8-point favorites, but the Over/Under feels like an obvious call. Take the over at 65.5 and sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
No. 6 Alabama at No. 15 LSU (+13)
The Alabama defense overwhelmed Mississippi State last week in their 30-6 win. The hangover of their near loss to Texas A&M and the actual loss to Tennessee still hangs over the Crimson Tide.
It’s why they are on the outside of the College Football Playoff top-four and now facing must-wins each week, beginning with this Saturday’s trip to Baton Rouge. Alabama is better, and Alabama will probably win, but LSU is playing well enough to cover the 13-point spread.
No. 5 Clemson at Notre Dame (+4.5)
After a pair of one-score wins for the ACC’s first-place Clemson Tigers, now they face the Jekyll and Hyde Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They have really bad losses this season to Marshall and Stanford, and really good wins, like last week at Syracuse.
The last time we saw Clemson was two weeks ago; they were changing quarterbacks in the middle of a tight win over Syracuse. With an unsettled quarterback position and a very good Notre Dame defense, take the points in South Bend.
No. 8 Oregon (-31.5) at Colorado
It doesn’t get much worse than the Colorado Buffaloes in NCAA football. They are bottom-10 in the nation in both offense and defense, and they are light years away from the current Pac-12 leader Oregon.
The Ducks only have one win of over 31 points this season, but Colorado has three losses by at least that much, and Oregon is the best team they will face all season. Give the points and take Oregon.
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